Panel cautions Senate against prejudice
• Faults petition against Aisha Abubakar
• Amaechi denies going to Saraki’s residence
THE Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions investigating the petitions against the ministerial ambition of former Rivers State governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has cautioned the Senate against acting in a manner that might be prejudicial to matters pending in court.
After deliberation on the petition received against the nomination of Amaechi, the committee recommended that because the subject matter was pending in court, it should be dropped.
The committee also faulted the petition written against the nomination of Sokoto State ministerial nominee, Aisha Abubakar on the ground that it was not properly addressed.
Meanwhile, Amaechi, has described as untrue a report that he stormed the residence of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to protest the deferment of his screening last week
Although the committee failed to disclose the outcome of its decision on Amaechi after a closed door meeting it held yesterday, it was learnt that a recommendation that the matter concerning the petition against Amaechi be treated in line with section 53 (5) of the Senate Standing order which frowns at the consideration of any matter that was pending in court be submitted as the final decision of the committee on the investigation.
Order 53 (5) states:
“Reference shall not be made to any matter on which a judicial decision is pending, in such a way as might in the opinion of the President to the Senate prejudice the interest of parties thereto”.
The committee members, it was further gathered, were however split into two on whether to ignore the petition and clear Amaechi or to completely drop the consideration of Amaechi’s nomination.
A newspaper, not The Guardian had reported that Amaechi whose screening had been deferred last week following a petition by a Port Harcourt based Integrity Group accusing him of corruption which he has since denied, was alleged to have been incensed over the deferment of his screening and had to storm Saraki’s house to register his protest.
Amaechi noted that the report which the newspaper purportedly got from ‘sources’, further claimed that during the visit of Thursday, last week, that he was said to have raised his voice to express his frustration before leaving the residence without seeing the Senate President
The former governor who is most likely due for screening today observed that the imagery created in the report, was an angry Amaechi who stormed the residence of Senate President Bukola Saraki, raised his voice as he made a scene or caused a “ruckus” to display his frustration over the deferment of his screening by the Senate, before “storming out in a huff”, without seeing the Senate President.
Describing it as “absolutely not true, ” Amaechi argued that there is a deliberate and carefully calibrated attempt to characterize him with a very bad and demeaning mannerism, just as he insisted that for the purpose of clarity, that he did not visit the residence of the Senate President on Thursday last week and that there is absolutely no way what the newspaper sources claimed to have transpired, happened
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